"People ask me all the time, and they keep throwing me off, like, 'Where would I retire? A Saint, a Cardinal or a Redskin?' It's like, 'No, I'm going to retire a Viking,'" the veteran running back told Ben Goessling of the Star Tribune on Sunday at his youth football camp in Minneapolis. "I was here a decade - some great memories, some everlasting friends. I'm just forever indebted to the state of Minnesota. I'll definitely be retiring a Viking, for sure."
Peterson, who's embarking on his second season with the Washington Redskins, spent the first 10 years of his NFL career in Minnesota. His tenure included three rushing titles and one MVP award, but also some bumps off the field, especially toward the end.
The Vikings released Peterson, their all-time leading rusher, after an injury-plagued 2016 campaign that limited him to three games.
"I believe I gave my heart to the state of Minnesota and my fans, any time I stepped on the field," he said. "It's not like I left on bad terms, like we fell out. Things just didn't work; they went their way, I went my way. It was just kind of mutually beneficial, for me and for them."
Peterson is on his third team since leaving the Vikings. He split the 2017 season between the New Orleans Saints and Arizona Cardinals before latching on with the Redskins last year.
The 34-year-old is scheduled to face his former team in Minnesota on Oct. 24. It'll be his second game back in the Gopher State, as he made his first return in 2017 with the Saints.